Nisi Shawl







Filter House




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Filter House

World Fantasy Awards

Nisi Shawl's story collection Filter House and her novella "Good Boy" were nominated for 2009 World Fantasy awards.

Tiptree Award

Filter House was one of two winners of the 2008 James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Her co-winner was Patrick Ness's The Knife of Never Letting Go. In a ceremony on May 24, 2009, Nisi was crowned with the Tiptree tiara and serenaded with an Ellen Klages original. She also received a plaque, a check for $1000, a pie, a ceramic sculpture of a duck, a T shirt, and an enamel pin.

Best of 2008

Filter House was chosen one the Best Books of 2008 by Publishers Weekly magazine.

Filter House, the first collection of Nisi’s short fiction, came out from Aqueduct Press in late May, 2008. Filter House contains three previously unpublished stories and eleven reprints, plus an introduction by Nebula Award-winner Eileen Gunn.


Eileen Gunn and Nisi Shawl talk about writing, race, the Tiptrees, Filter House, and pie in the Fantasy Magazine interview Ain't I a Woman.

Jesse Vernon talks with Nisi Shawl about Filter House at the Aqueduct Press blog: Seeing Voices: A Conversation with Nisi Shawl

Reviews & Comments

“Sometimes enigmatic, often surprising, always marvelous. This lovely collection will take you, like a magic carpet, to some strange and wonderful places.”

Karen Joy Fowler
The Jane Austen Book Club
Sarah Canary

“From the exotic, baroque complexities of ‘At the Huts of Ajala’ to the stark, folktale purity of ‘The Beads of Ku,’ these fourteen superbly written stories will weave around you a ring of dark, dark magic.”

Ursula K. Le Guin

“A traveling story-bazaar, offering treasures and curios from diverse lands of wonder.”

Matt Ruff

“Nisi uses the tools of future and magically reveal what and who we all are here and today.”

Tobias Buckell

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Where Everything Is a Bit Different, by Eileen Gunn

  • At the Huts of Ajala
  • Wallamelon
  • The Pragmatical Princess
  • The Raineses’
  • Bird Day
  • Maggies
  • Momi Watu
  • Deep End
  • Good Boy
  • Little Horses
  • Shiomah’s Land
  • The Water Museum
  • But She’s Only a Dream
  • The Beads of Ku
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